Can You Trust A Non Toxic Or Green Cleaning Products Label?

 

One question I wish I’d known the answer to a long time ago is: Can you trust a non toxic or green cleaning products label?

It’s tough when they’re not really tested.  Here are some statistics:

 

  • Of the over 80,000 chemicals used in the U.S. the EPA has required toxicity testing on fewer than 500.
  • 42 billion pounds of chemicals are produced and imported each year, we don’t know the health risks of 75% of them.
  • Less than 20% of the estimated chemicals manufactured in the past 50 years have been assessed for their neurotoxicity.

 

So consider this point: If the company has been making a chemically based product for years and then suddenly when the market trend shifts towards natural and non-toxic products comes out with a so called “natural” or “green” product that should definitely raise a big red flag.  Where is their motive?  True product safety OR profit margin!

 Can You Trust A Non Toxic Or Green Cleaning Products Label?

Companies that start out with a deep commitment to safety first & non toxicity to humans and the environment tend to stay true to that philosophy. Many other companies will shift back and forth based on a trending market, not a true commitment.

That’s the answer to a question I wish I’d known much earlier: Can you trust a non toxic or green cleaning products label?  If you liked this article and want to get more like it go to TheGetGreenKey.Com and you can get my 20 free articles on the TOP things you MUST know about your cleaning & laundry products & what things I wish I’d know a long time ago!  See you in the next article!

 

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Boost Your Mood With These “Feel Better Foods”

 

It’s not uncommon to turn to food when you need a pick me up.  But too often, food choices derail our plans to eat healthy

 

Foods can have a noticeable effect on our moods.  We know that eating healthy will help us lose weight, but there are so many other benefits.  For one, you’ll feel more upbeat and energized.

Now munching on blueberries isn’t going to do much for you if you’ve just devoured a double cheeseburger, but eating healthy foods, at least 80% of the time, will help you find more energy, think more clearly and lose weight.

 

Tired?Pineapple Feel Good Foods - Improve Mood

Try colorful fruits like cranberries, plums or pineapple.  These fruits contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals known to drain energy and damage neurons in the brain.  Leafy greens such as spinach and Swiss chard are also packed with antioxidants.  Aim for several servings of colorful fruits and leafy greens per day.

For sharper focus, reach for foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as salmon, mackerel, herring or sardines.  Fatty-acid-rich foods help cushion your brain cells, improving mood and memory.  These foods will help you feel  better, and can reduce your risk for dementia down the road.  Aim for 3 servings a week.

 

Stressed?Oranges Feel Good Foods - Improve Mood

You may be temped to grab a bag of chips.  Instead, peel an orange.  Oranges can give you an instant energy and mood boost.  This super-nutritious citrus fruit is full of vitamin C, which helps pump oxygen through your body and brain to recharge your system.

Snacking on vitamin-C rich bell peppers and citrus fruits may contribute to lower levels of cortisol.  Cortisol is the stress hormone that is released when your body goes into “fight or flight” mode.  Research suggests large doses of vitamin C may actually stop stress before it starts by reducing the amount of cortisol released.

 

Restless?  Cherries Feel Good Foods - Improve Mood

Enjoy a handful of dried, tart cherries before you call it a night.  Besides their rich supply of antioxidants, cherries are high in melatonin, the hormone that improves quality of sleep.  An increase in the hormone may tell your brain it’s time to wind down for the night.

 

Anxious? Almonds Feel Good Foods - Improve Mood

Reach for a handful of nuts like almonds and pecans.  Why?  They are high in B vitamins, such as thiamine, which may improve the body’s ability to withstand stress.

 

 

 

So the next time your feeling one of the above emotions, reach for these foods to boost your mood!  Do you have a favorite mood boost food you go to?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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New World Cancer Report Comes Up Short On Prevention

 

I was recently reading through the Sunday paper and this stat caught my attention: “Cancer cases expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years.”  For some reason these stats don’t really surprise me anymore, It’s all doom, gloom and shock in the news it seems.  The next line was “its an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat,” according to the World Health Organization.  Really? You’re just coming up with this?

The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency and released on World Cancer Day, (February 4th) predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million annually in 2012 to 22 million within two decades.  Over the same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million.Cancer Prevention

The rising incidence of cancer, brought about chiefly by growing, aging populations worldwide, will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies, said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  “We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem,” he said. “More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”

The report said about half of all cancers were preventable and could have been avoided if current medical knowledge was acted upon. The disease could be tackled by addressing lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and exercise & adopting screening programs.  The cancer rates are not going up for shocking reasons, but for reasons that are easier to understand, and if we improve overall health, there are things we can do to prevent this from happening.

The United States is dealing with an obesity epidemic, the rates of adults who are considered obese has doubled since the 1970s.

Governments needed to appreciate that screening and early detection programs were “an investment rather than a cost,” said Bernard Stewart, co-editor of the report — and low-tech approaches had proven successful in some developing countries.

Roger Barnett the Chairman for the Shaklee Corporation said this more than 4 years ago: (Click To Watch Video) “Today the overwhelming majority of dollars spent on health care are spent AFTER people are sick.”  “Before the aging boomer population bankrupts our country, we will have to have a massive shift in thinking from “wait till people get sick and then try to make them healthy” to “keep people healthy so they don’t get sick.”  “Its called prevention and its where hundreds of billions of dollars are and will be spent.”  “Shaklee the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the U.S. has lead the way in prevention for the last 50 years.”  “We are the ONLY company in the world that has proof of what our products can do over a 20 year period to help people stay healthy with patented natural products.(Watch The Landmark Study Video (3:23)

 

The Problems & Missed Opportunities Of The Report

 

While the report does a good  job of bringing attention to a growing epidemic, it fails to focus on “Real Prevention” except for the whole don’t smoke, or drink alcohol excessively.  Screenings and early detection does not fall into the “prevention” category.  The reason they don’t is because while they may help in catching something early and offering a better chance of “treating it” it does not “Prevent” anything.  The  screening will not prevent you from getting cancer, its just another part of the treatment process.

There is also too much emphasis put on the exercise part of health.  Now don’t get me wrong, I/We fully support the practice of regular exercise as a component of overall health.  The downside to this is the barriers to entry they pose.  What is the disclaimer you always see when exercise is mentioned?  “Before you start an exercise regimen consult your physician first.”   This immediately plants a feeling of fear in them, they wonder will I have a stroke or heart attack if I start working out?  That’s a barrier, and it automatically creates a negative image towards moving forward.  Now think if eating healthier were promoted more, and by that I mean made easier to get help with and equally funded.  Example – What if companies would sponsor a program to have meals made for employees or to hire people to teach them the basics of healthy eating/cooking over 3-4 weeks.  Or have a 15-30 minute cooking class after work that would show them how to go home and make a healthy meal AND provide them with the ingredients.  A big part of prevention is healthy eating and getting your body key nutrients. When is the last time you heard “see your doctor before starting to eat healthier?”  Make it even easier by also promoting “whole foods supplementation”

According to six new studies published in the journal Psychological Science, it turns out, people who think that diet is the most important factor in weight control tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who believe that exercise is the key.

The problem: Many people think they can work off extra pounds—but there’s a ton of scientific evidence to support the fact that changing your diet is a more effective way to drop weight.

The World Cancer Report, which is published about once every five years, involved a collaboration of around 250 scientists from more than 40 countries. Tuesday is World Cancer Day.

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Old vs New Food Labels (Cartoon)

A little humor to go with all the new talk about food labels!

 

food labels cartoon

 

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More Environmental Trouble For Triclosan & Antibacterial Products

 

If you’re familiar with the massive industrial chemical epidemic we’ve been dealing with for the last 30 years, than this new finding should come as no surprise to you.  A compound (Triclosan) found in antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, toothpastes and other products is increasing in Minnesota lakes and rivers  according to research by the University of Minnesota.  We recently exposed the chemical triclosan, in our article Can We Really Trust Antimicrobial Soaps? .  Did you know:  81,000 chemicals have been registered with the EPA in the last 30 years and fewer than 20% have been tested for toxicity.

The research, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, said triclosan is being found more often in MinnesotaTriclosan Antibacterial waters.

University scientists and researches from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station studied sediment from eight lakes of various sizes.

Researchers found an increasing amount of triclosan derivatives that form when the compound is exposed to chlorine during the waste water treatment process.  When exposed to sunlight, triclosan and its derivatives form dioxins that could harm the environment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined the evidence is insufficient to recommend limiting the use of the antibiotic compound, but the FDA and the EPA continue to study effects.  Somehow I don’t feel comforted in the fact that the “Food & Drug Administration” is stating what is & isn’t considered good for the Environment.  And the EPA is questionable at best in terms of truly protecting the environment.

The compound, introduced to the market in the early 1970’s, is found in many products, including soaps and body washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, clothing, dish washing liquid and kitchenware.

Beyond its use in toothpaste to prevent gingivitis, the FDA has found no evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes is more beneficial that washing with regular soap and water.

These nasty chemicals get put recklessly into everyday products and then end up destroying lakes, streams, rivers and our drinking water.

See how we do our part in not polluting the waters, fish, wildlife & environment and how you can too! – List of Approved Products

 

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